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High School Football: The big game is back

Ocean View, Marina plan to renew rivalry when the teams meet Friday night at 7 at Ocean View.

September 04, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Two-and-a-half miles. Twenty years. One is the distance between the high school campuses of Ocean View and Marina; the other, a time gap that has separated the two school's football programs.

The one-time Sunset League rivals will meet on the gridiron Friday for the first time in two decades when the Seahawks and Vikings tangle at Ocean View. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

It's the season opener for Ocean View. Marina started its 2013 season last week.

"Our kids, and our alumni, are excited to start the season and play Marina," Ocean View second-year coach Luis Nunez said. "It's been a while since the schools have played each other and our kids are pumped for this game. We have a lot to prove, and want the respect of the city."

Ocean View Athletic Director Tim Walsh said the last time the schools met on the football field was during the 1993 season. Walsh was a part of that meeting, starting at receiver for the Seahawks in a game won by Marina.

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That 1993-94 school year was the final one in the Sunset League for Ocean View.

"It's the kind of rivalry I want to start up again," Marina Coach George Pascoe said. "It's fun to play against kids you competed with in Little League, AYSO, whatever the sport. A lot of these kids know one another so it should be a fun game."

It was Pascoe's idea to renew the game, Nunez said.

"He contacted me about playing, and I thought it was great," Nunez said. "I'm all for trying to revive that tradition. This is a big game for us, a big step, but we're excited for the opportunity."

Turnovers by Marina put the Vikings in a hole last week in their opener at Pico Rivera El Rancho. They turned the ball over four times, two each by interception and fumble with one fumble being returned for a touchdown.

Three miscues led to 21 points for the Dons.

"Those turnovers really hurt us," Pascoe said. "It's was hard to overcome them but we [coaches] were really, really pleased with the way the kids kept fighting. It was out of control at the half (42-6) but our guys didn't stop competing. They didn't throw in the towel and continued to play hard. That was really great to see."

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